hradzka: Cassidy, from Garth Ennis's PREACHER. (Default)
(Also, a test of cross-posting.)

No sooner do I arrive on Dreamwidth than I am hit with a great and important revelation. Dreamwidth suffers from a major deficiency. What's more, it's a deficiency that Livejournal doesn't possess.

The lack of a nickname.

(What are you looking at me like that for I AM DEADLY SERIOUS REALLY.)

LJ is LJ. Simple, quick, to the point, easy to say in conversation as "Ell-jay." Dreamwidth -- yeah, you can abbreviate it DW, but if you try to say that out loud you find it's a nickname that's got twice as many syllables as the original. Also, if you try to use it in conversation, it sounds awkward, because of the lack of the word "journal." "I saw it on her Dreamwidth!" sounds odd, but if you qualify it, it just gets longer! We urgently need a cure for cancer, a good five-cent cigar, and a STAR WARS film George Lucas has absolutely nothing to deal with, but we also need a shorter way to say, "I saw that on her Dreamwidth journal." My suggestion: Dee-dub. "Oh, yeah, it's on her Dee-dub."

As George Carlin said, "These are the things I think about when I'm home at night and the power goes out."

(ETA: Hey, the crosspost works! Let's see about editing crossposts!)
hradzka: Cassidy, from Garth Ennis's PREACHER. (Default)
(Also, a test of cross-posting.)

No sooner do I arrive on Dreamwidth than I am hit with a great and important revelation. Dreamwidth suffers from a major deficiency. What's more, it's a deficiency that Livejournal doesn't possess.

The lack of a nickname.

(What are you looking at me like that for I AM DEADLY SERIOUS REALLY.)

LJ is LJ. Simple, quick, to the point, easy to say in conversation as "Ell-jay." Dreamwidth -- yeah, you can abbreviate it DW, but if you try to say that out loud you find it's a nickname that's got twice as many syllables as the original. Also, if you try to use it in conversation, it sounds awkward, because of the lack of the word "journal." "I saw it on her Dreamwidth!" sounds odd, but if you qualify it, it just gets longer! We urgently need a cure for cancer, a good five-cent cigar, and a STAR WARS film George Lucas has absolutely nothing to deal with, but we also need a shorter way to say, "I saw that on her Dreamwidth journal." My suggestion: Dee-dub. "Oh, yeah, it's on her Dee-dub."

As George Carlin said, "These are the things I think about when I'm home at night and the power goes out."

(ETA: Hey, the crosspost works! Let's see about editing crossposts!)

Dreamwidth

Apr. 19th, 2009 09:01 pm
hradzka: Cassidy, from Garth Ennis's PREACHER. (Default)
I am now at Dreamwidth! As hradzka, natch. I figure, I'm the only person in the history of the internet who's used this username, so I might as well keep it up.

Mind you, I'm doing precisely jack with it at the moment, and have yet to get around with transferring stuff, but hey, man, I'm there.
hradzka: Cassidy, from Garth Ennis's PREACHER. (Default)
So I found a random link to information about the island of Nevis, in the West Indies, as a place that'd be worth "Free State Projecting." If you've never heard of the "Free State Project," it was an attempt a few years ago by libertarians to move, en masse, to some state with a small population and start voting as a block for smaller government and greater liberty. Because, as you know, if there's one thing libertarians do well, it's *party unity.* The project promptly shot itself in the foot, of course: the final vote came down to New Hampshire and Wyoming, and the East Coasties who predominated in the voting picked New Hampshire. Whereupon the Wyoming faction (personalized by Kenneth W. Royce, who wrote a gloriously terrible Free State Project novel under the name "Boston T. Party"), told 'em to go screw and started their own Free State Project, which --

Y'know, it's not surprising that the Libertarians don't get anywhere, is it?

(The other problem with the Free State Project, of course, is that it depends on positively motivated ideological action, as opposed to its inverse, which is where people flee a state such as California or New York when taxes and regulation get too bothersome, settle in a less-regulated, more affordable place... and promptly vote in the kind of politicians who led 'em to flee their previous locale. Ask Colorodoans or Nevadans how they feel about their California influx.)

Anyway. Nevis. I've thought for a while that it would be quite feasible for a modestly-sized military force to seize control of an island nation or two. Frederick Forsythe famously bankrolled that attempt by mercenaries to take over Equatorial Guinea (which, to be fair, could only have been an *improvement* over that nation's government at the time), but if you're just looking to conquer territory, and you have money and men, you could pretty much take your pick of a lot of places. Especially now that the major nations who might be inclined to stop you are busy with 1) military commitments of their own and 2) economic crises. Cuba would be the Great Dream, of course, but that'd get you too much heat; an ambitious Napoleon could make a serious play for Hispaniola, though, particularly the Haitian side, and some of the smaller Caribbean islands probably would be easy conquests. And there are security companies who could probably pull it off. (C'mon, the guy who runs Blackwater -- er, I guess it's called Xe, now -- has his own *zeppelin.* Nevis only has ten thousand people. Blackwater, maybe Erinys, could take it in an afternoon.) Somebody's going to try it sometime. In a movie, if nowhere else.

I started looking at Nevis, out of curiosity, to find out what the gun laws there are like. I love America too much to leave it, but Nevis did sound like a nice vacation spot. And I saw a horrifying article:

CHARLESTOWN, Nevis - PRESIDENT of Cheryl Andrews Marketing Company (CAMC), Cheryl Andrews and her husband John appeared in the Charlestown Magistrate’s Court today (Jan. 20) following charges in relation to possession of illegal firearms and ammunition.

The couple, who were charged on Thursday, January 15, was not remanded after defence attorney Oral Martin petitioned Magistrate Yasmin Clarke to allow them to make application for their case to be heard in the High Court. This will likely be made tomorrow (Wednesday).

The Andrews were arrested at their Hamilton Estate home last week after a search of the premises unearthed one .22 rifle, 323 rounds of .22 ammunition, one BB rifle, and a pack of BB pellets.

CAMC is said to be South Florida’s largest public relations firm and is recognised throughout the travel and hospitality industries. Andrews was also recognised as one among the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI) “Top 25 Most Extraordinary Minds” in 2007.


Good grief. I have more .22 rounds than that in my *range bag.*

FREE NEVIS!
hradzka: Cassidy, from Garth Ennis's PREACHER. (Default)
An inauguration photo you can pan, scan and zoom. It's pretty neat to zoom really tight in on somebody in the crowd, and then pull back, and back, and back.

Also, you can see amazing detail on the crowd behind President Obama -- President Bush is caught mid-applause, as are Vice-President Biden and a number of other folks, and Dick Cheney, who's next to Bush in a wheelchair, has a fantastic look: like a cross between Toht from RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK and FDR. It's great fun if you're into people-spotting, or if you're in the mood for the world's most fiendish game of "Where's Waldo." According to the photographer, if you keep an eye out you might spot Yo-Yo Ma taking a picture with his iPhone.

Here's the photographer on how he did it.
hradzka: (303 british)
via FARK: Jesus FUCK.

It's fashionable, especially in times of economic difficulty, to curse the rich: money accretes, like a snowball, especially when you have enough of it to roll on its own; and so the rich (especially the stupidly rich) get ever richer and the rest of us go on waiting for the light, or going without the meat, or cursing the bread, as the man says, and sometimes it's a struggle just to swim a little bit along. And it gets even worse when they do stupid, pointless, even destructive things with their glorious wealth; the cultural damage caused by Paris Hilton alone is incalculable, enough to make even the most hidebound conservative feel a little wistful about the French Revolution.

And yet -- I frigging *love* stupidly rich people. Because the more they have, and the more of them there are, the better the chance that at least a few of them will, from time to time, do something insanely awesome. Like decide to start a private space program. Or say, "yeah, it's costing the company at least a million dollars a day just in bandwidth costs, but this YouTube thing is neat; let's keep it running for a while." Or just build a private library.

Jay Walker, I salute you.
hradzka: Cassidy, from Garth Ennis's PREACHER. (Default)
I never really dug Jay Leno as a late-night host, or as a comedian, or -- like anybody else who saw that *horrible* buddy-cop picture he made with Pat Morita -- as an actor. Lately, though, I've found myself becoming a real fan of Jay Leno as a writer. He writes about cars for POPULAR MECHANICS, and his pieces are terrific; they're light, but really fun, and he does a great job of communicating his love for cars. Occasionally, he even touches a chord that makes me think.

The most recent column to hit POPULAR MECHANICS's website is a good example:

We went in through the back door to the kitchen, and there was a double sink. One of the sinks was filled with carburetor ­cleaner, and car parts were soaking in it.

Then, I noticed none of the cabinets had doors, and they were filled with carburetor parts from old Buicks, all carefully labeled with tags saying what they were. As we moved throughout the house, Buick fenders, wheels, tires and other stuff were all stacked up.

So I said to the guy who seemed to be the homeowner, "Single man, are you?" He responded, "Yeah, how'd you know? The wife left eight years ago. Now I can do what I want and collect my Buick stuff."

My dad always said, "If you're gonna learn something, become an expert in that field." I always assumed most car enthusiasts were like me. I like anything that rolls, explodes and makes noise. Motorcycles, cars, steam engines, tractors; I love 'em all.

But that's not always true. Sometimes you can be an expert by focusing all of your attention on one thing, like the Buick guys.


It's an interesting dichotomy, and it got me thinking about my fannish modes of operation. I tend to be more Leno than Buick guy. Oh, sure, I'll read a good amount of BATMAN, but when I'm in a comics phase I'll go for everything from POPEYE to SUGAR AND SPIKE to THE ADVENTURES OF REX THE WONDER DOG. I've gone hard-core for SF in the past, but I read a weird variety of stuff; lately I've been reading lots of thrillers. The Leno factor is particularly strong in me with regardto guns, I shoot primarily pistol, but I'm getting more into rifles; within my pistol focus, I don't shoot just one kind of pistol, and I'm not one of those guys who owns just semi-autos or revolvers, or only collects 1911s.

It could be that I just haven't found my magnificent obsession yet, I suppose. But I think I'm a Leno guy.
hradzka: (donuts?)
I seem to have acquired new readers. Hi, everybody! Please don't worry if I don't friend you back; I keep a small reading list and take forever to add people. There's never any need to ask to friend or defriend me; I'm cool with it either way. I post irregularly of late, because I'm on a long business trip, but when I'm around I tend to write about guns a lot. Also: comics, books, and movies.

Some longer posts in the works, but it may be a little bit. In the meantime, thanks for stopping in.

(And the regulars: thanks for being here. It's nice to have you.)
hradzka: Cassidy, from Garth Ennis's PREACHER. (Default)
Um, some new people here. Hi! Apparently John Ringo has been good to me. I guess this means I have to get to work on that write-up of Paladin of Shadows #4, UNTO THE BREACH, huh?

I tend to be slow about adding to my flist, so don't worry if I don't get around to adding you back. Friend or defriend me at will, depending on whether what I'm writing interests you; it's fine by me either way! Content is irregular; while I occasionally post fanfic and write about books, movies, and television, I spend a fairly hefty chunk of time these days writing about firearms. (If anybody wants a gun-geeky beta for anything, I'm happy to oblige.)

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